This is a sad story all over the United States: Black communities erased by urban renewal in the 1960s and 70s. There once was a neighborhood in the Charlotte, North Carolina 2nd Ward called Brooklyn. Due to racially segregated housing, all black people- poor, middle class and well-to-do lived in Brooklyn. There were Black owned businesses, churches and all kind of housing. It was a thriving, self sustaining town within a city. Everyone felt safe and all watched out for the children. In spite of poverty, there was a vibrancy to Brooklyn. Here is a video about the plight of Brooklyn.
The good news is that the nation’s largest Black developer is leading redevelopment efforts with the input of former residents of Brooklyn. . The Development Partnership is committed to doing justice to the memory and spirit of what Brooklyn once was. We will see what develops.
Thankyou, Karen. Memory and Spirit of Brooklyn, I hope the Black developer brings it back!